What an absolutely stunning morning of fashion, style, champagne and lobster! The Melbourne Racing Club, its sponsors and event organisers have outdone themselves with the array of gorgeous spaces, incredible suppliers and quality ambassadors for the BMW Caulfield Cup carnival. Look out, Melbourne… this is one luxurious and enticing event that you’ll be envious to miss.
We kicked off with renowned DJ and entrepreneur, Grant Smillie, who is hosting the ‘EP & LP Bar’, fashioned off his own uber cool West Hollywood hang out. With chilled out and tropical vibe, complete with decks to spin tunes, signature cocktails and Where Love Lives neon sign, this is going to be one popular bar come Caulfield Guineas Day.
Nothing says luxury more than Moet & Chandon, and when coupled with catering from Tommy Collins, it is hard to beat. The Moet & Chandon Lawn is a beautifully chic area, boasting it’s own white and gold champagne cart and Hamptons style furniture. We previewed the new Ice Imperial champagne, that is slightly sweeter than the original and best enjoyed with ice (especially frozen strawberries!).
Tommy Collins’ Tommy McIntosh showcased a delicious menu, which includes a delectable lobster roll and deconstructed pizza bowl.
The gorgeous model and designer, Natalie Roser, is the Moet & Chandon Ambassador and she stunned in a blush rose gold headpiece by Felicity Northeast Millinery and ruffle-sleeved little black dress from By Johnny.
The David Jones Fashion Stable showcased a sneak peak collection of looks for the races, with a stand out red sheer shirt and pencil skirt combo from Victoria Beckham, and off-white high-waisted Christopher Esber Skirt with signature chunky buttons. This marquee is stunning, with space to move and incredible decor of soft pink velvet ottomans, botanical designs and flower centrepieces.
Fashion blogger, Nadia Bartel, and celebrity stylist, Lana Wilkinson, are the Official Style Ambassadors and were on hand to discuss all things fashion, as was Westfield Style Ambassador and stylist, Renee Enright. All three lovely ladies were beautifully dressed in what looks to be the colour and trend of the races – pink and ruffles.
We are officially in love with Renee’s ensemble, magically coupling an Asilio pink ruffled dress and nautical striped straw boater to create a sleek, sophisticated and playful (yet bold) outfit. An absolute standout.
Phenomenal chef and restaurateur, Teage Ezard, was kind enough to show us where his 450 diners will assemble to enjoy a 3-course sit down lunch. With choices of grain fed duck or beef with heirloom vegetables and truffle mash, a dedicated cheese bar and roaming dessert canapes including lime curd tarts, this is one gastronomic experience not to be forgotten!
The Caulfield Lounge in partnership with David Jones is resplendent with blue velvet and golden Moet & Chandon goblets. Catering by Tommy Collins features here too, with a focus on seafood – entire lobsters and kingfish ceviche. Amazing.
The Carlton Draught Main Stage includes food from Red Door Windsor, StKBB, CHE (a new Peruvian restaurant in Fitzroy) and Shane Delia’s Biggie Smalls Kebabs. This area includes musical acts, The Temper Trap, JR Reyne and DJ Grant Smillie, who will perform on the various carnival days, against the incredible backdrop of Matt Adnate’s mural.
It was a tremendous pleasure to meet and spend time with such talented, beautiful and creative people. A big thank you to AMPR for inviting us to indulge in this fabulous preview of what’s ahead for the BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival. Congratulations to all involved – it is set to be a wonderful event. Make sure you’re a part of the action by purchasing your tickets via: http://mrc.racing.com/spring